Sandra Day O'Connor.

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Sandra Day O'Connor is the first woman and the 102nd person to sit on the Supreme Court of the United States. Sandra Day O'Connor was born on March 26, 1930; she grew up in El Paso, Texas. She grew up on her family's ranch in Arizona. Mrs. O'Connor had a sister Ann and a brother Alan. On the ranch, Mrs. O'Connor's father taught her to drive a tractor, ride a horse, shoot a rifle, and brand cows. Her parents sent her to live with her grandparents, when she was six in El Paso, because they thought it would be difficult for her to get a good education. There she attended Radford School For Girls. Sandra skipped a grade in grammar school, attending Austin High School a year earlier. She finished high school in only three years because she had all the credits she needed. She was only sixteen when she graduated.

(Trailblazing American Women: first in their fields, Barbara Kramer, p.77-79)

Mrs. O'Connor majored in economics and graduated with high honors at Stanford University. Even though she had an excellent education she found it difficult to find a job. "I interviewed with many law firms in Los Angeles and San Francisco, but none had ever hired a women before as lawyer, and they were not prepared to do so" she recalled. However she did find a job as a law clerk in the San Mateo country attorney's office in California. Almost immediately she was promoted to deputy county attorney. That year she married John Jay O'Connor. They met during Sandra's work as an editor on the Stanford Law Review. He was also attending law school at Stanford. Shortly after they got married, Mr. O'Connor was drafted to serve in Germany. Sandra accompanied him and worked as a civilian...